comma splice


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comma splice

com′ma fault`


n.
the misuse of a comma, rather than a semicolon, colon, or period, to separate related main clauses not joined by a conjunction.
[1930–35]
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comma splice = independent clause + comma + independent clause
Here, however, is a comma splice from Dickens, an error that all freshmen are exhorted to avoid at all costs:
So did a run-on sentence, a dangling introductory participial phrase, an instance of faulty parallel construction, one comma splice (but not two other comma splices), and a sentence in which "I" is used in the objective case in a compound with a noun.
YOUR GRAMMAR SCHOOL teacher probably called them comma splices.
If there is just a comma in that box, you have a comma splice (see Figure 21.
You made it easy for me in your 'Writing Disorders' column in the Aug/Sept Communication World: a horrible comma splice festers near the top of the second column.
For consultants, writing is helping clients to create well-formed sentences, not merely plucking a leaf of a comma splice here and there.
Jo Allen's alleged comma splice that "most of the communication skills focus on speech, not writing those that do focus on writing tend to concentrate on literary writing" is challenged for pride of place by R.
And that string of words is a paradigmatic run-on sentence, or comma splice.
Through the online dialogue box this takes considerably longer to accomplish; in one of my first sessions, a simple comma splice took over ten minutes to explain.
One consultant entitled the cartoon: "The Great Guillotine of Strunk and White"; then, she provided this caption: "So, this is the penalty for too many comma splices, eh?
Editing the journal isn't all comma splices and color swatches.